And, it seems the players got what they asked for.
Goodell never mentions Kaepernick by name -- but there's no doubt what he meant.
"It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular black people in our country," Goodell said.
He offered condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and "all the families who have endured police brutality."
"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People," Goodell continued.
"We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."
Then this ...
"We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter."
"I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country."
"Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff."
"We are listening and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices, and others on how we can move forward together for a better and more united NFL family."